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How rock chip damage is repaired on windshields

What Type of Windshield Rock Chips Can Be Repaired?

In some cases a chip isn’t even a chip. It’s just dirt from the rock. Give the spot a quick rub with a rag. If the stars align in your favor, you’ll discover the mar is only a particularly stubborn bit of dirt.

Most of the time, unfortunately, your eyes haven’t been misled. The damage is real, and you’ll need to get it taken care of. Here are the types of chips that may repairable:

  • Small chips: Chips 1 ¼ inches or smaller can usually be repaired. Place a quarter on the chip. If the chip and any cracks that radiate out are covered, you’re in luck. Damage that covers an area larger than a quarter may be too much to mend.
  • Certain shapes: What do bullseyes, flowers and stars have in common? They all describe the various shapes a rock chip can take. These types of chips can usually be filled. If the center of the chip consists of crushed glass, it may be beyond help.”

Having a rock flung into your windshield from a tractor trailer or other large vehicle can be extremely frustrating. It’s not your fault, but little can be done to get compensation for the damage. The one thing you don’t want to do is wait too long to get it fixed. If you do, there is a chance the crack will spread and not be able to be repaired.

The team at IAS Auto Glass offers rock chip repairs in 30 minutes or less. Those who are in the twin cities metro area may even be eligible for free mobile service too! Call us at 952-797-4374 to schedule an appointment or visit our rock chip repair page for more information.